I said The Kingdom suffered from one flaw? On second thought, make that two. Sadly, this is not that day. With the political jabber out of the way, The Kingdom gets down to the meat of the script, shifting the Saudi investigation into high gear and refusing to take its foot off the accelerator. The two Saudi cops, on the other hand, are interesting characters. I know for most action movies, plots and storyline are very weak. Then there is Choi Jung Won as Princess Yeon, who is full of grace and serenity.
When Prince Mu Hyul Song Il Gook is born into the royal family, he was cursed to someday kill his parents, siblings and son and cause the downfall of the entire country. . In the second act the movie loses some of its pace and we get to know the characters a bit more. Thus nearly every single advance in the case is made by these three. The performances from some of the actors including female are hard to gauge in particular the two leading men, and the leading actressess ie Oh Yoon Ah as hye ap, who i nominate as the sexiest female character I've seen in a long time, and we never even get to see her legs. It starts out well enough.
I had the opportunity to view this film a couple of months ago and I almost declined the offer thinking it would be another boring movie about terrorism in the middle east. Technically the action scenes are developed pretty well I don't share the common criticism of other reviewers that the shaky cam distracted too much. Thrown together with Prince Do Jin of Buyeo Park Gun Hyung and Princess Yeon Choi Jung Won , is Mu Hyul doomed to live out his destiny? Matthew Michael Carnahan's script starts out hitting all the right action beats as it unfolds with a vicious terrorist attack on a Saudi compound housing employees of an American oil company the movie draws inspiration from the 2003 compound bombing in Riyadh. This becomes more apparent in the final act, which starts with a car crash and continues with countless shootouts. Two good cops working in a corrupt, brutal system.
This film got me hooked from the get go and kept me hook up until the credits. Not a an epic movie by any means but it sure is very entertaining and packed full of action. It's merely neutral, which is more than can be said about most American action movies dealing with terrorism. Twenty years later, Mu Hyul discovers that he alone can remove the Sword of Ju Mong — the owner of which is said to rule the Northern territory. Scared of the prophecy, King Yu Ri Jung Jin Young orders his older song, Prince Hae Myung Lee Jong Won , to take the baby away from the palace and live among commoners.
If there's one flaw plaguing Peter Berg's The Kingdom, it's that it tries to be all things to all people. However, halfway through watching it, it occurred to me that it would in fact have been a much more interesting film if none of the stars were in it. They are the ones who solve everything. The gripping opening montage documents the connection between the U. It's not a fatal flaw, but it definitely prevents the movie from becoming more than just an action flick set in the middle east.
At one stage, i thought a character who was being executed had survived. Do Jin nu seh a word mi boss u get standing ovation just keep it up. And that's what occurred to me. The first act plays out as a very good depiction of terror in the middle east. Al-Ghazi, a man dedicated to his profession, with an acute sense of fair play, protocol and justice. Which was little odd, because I am very fond indeed of Jennifer Garner's upper lip.
On the other hand, this can just be seen as the realistic depiction of what those characters would feel, because I don't think that either would be a big defender of a terrorist's rights. There is much to like in The Kingdom. In it's 36 or so hours, it seldom puts a foot wrong. That said however, The Kingdom delivers a smart, taught, evenly balanced thriller that easily shapes up as a heavyweight in this year's run for the Oscar. But I have no doubt that the best performance comes from Jung Jin Young as king yuri. There then follows a small amount of detective work, some interesting political manoeuvring and two really rather well-done shoot outs.
While Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Chris Cooper and Jason Bateman all get top billing, the real star of this story is Ashraf Barhom who plays Saudi police Col. The story line was actually very good with strong dialogue and an amazing quote towards the end that really gets you thinking. Fortunately, Berg pulls the film out of this quagmire that threatens to put the breaks on the movie almost as surely as the political attempts to nix the joint investigation. What's really off-putting is that the Americans come across as constantly joking, relaxed, but at the same time totally competent people. From there, the audience is treated to a top notch story that nicely touches on everything from culture clashes, forensic revelations, kidnapping, religious doctrine, and the self perpetuation of hate, all of which culminates in a final half hour of riveting, vicious, blood spattering action.
After all, the makers apparently did want to make some kind of statement and this last comment really hits home. It's also yet another victim of the hand-held cameraman suffering from Delirium Tremens, complete with blurry and shaky shots that rarely allow the viewer to actually focus on the images being played out. I'm not a fan of it usually, but here it was alright. That is one of the great strenths of korean movies and tv dramas; the emotion they can get from you, and also how they involve you in the stories. It's a very exciting thriller to watch, but except for the final scene there's nothing really thought-provoking here. If only the film makers had listened to her. Anywayzzzzz enough of my glorification n ma native tongue go and watch it i highly recommend it.